If, like me, you are looking for a make-up collection that is long lasting, great quality and a superb range of choice, I highly recommend à la Carte London. They also offer services such as colour blending so you get the perfect match, tutorials, and transformations for your special occasion.
No thinking about what to eat for three days, snacks in between, everything calorie controlled to a daily 1200 calories. All freshly cooked in the night, put into plastic tubs, boxed up in a cool bag and deposited on my doorstep before 7am.Every meal was seriously delicious and so very fresh. Each day named too ‘Fab Friday’, ‘Sumptuous Saturday’ and ‘Scrummy Sunday and they really were.
Benecos products are never tested on animals and contain only natural ingredients. Yup, no synthetic fragrances, perfumes or colourings come anywhere near this product. It’s even gluten free. Great if you are on the go and want to freshen up. I felt all glowy and unblemished as I left the house.
They state that their mission is to make beauty ‘fast, fun and accessible with super-fast blow-dries, make up looks and express nails’. The staff was lovely, making the visit a very enjoyable one. The place was bright and clean and there was a very fast turnaround with the service which was fabulous.
Blow Ltd. 8 Slingsby Pl, London, WC2E
The basic idea from Braun is that this ultra-modern hairbrush fires ion particles – which I’ve decided to call the ‘anti-static jet stream’ – over the hairbrush and through your hair as you brush away like normal. You push a button and – hey presto! – No more frizz.
Braun Hair Care
We all love pampering ourselves a little don’t we? Personally I’d take myself to the Spa every month if I could but that just isn’t feasible, so I like to be on the lookout for some great at-home treatments. This week, I tried Casmara Algae Peel-off masks with the promise that it would restore, rejuvenate and illuminate, as well as hydrate damaged skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s a great place to go for back to back treatments, you can also pack light as the majority of people there spend most of their time in their bathrobes and flip flops to move seamlessly from one of the 65 treatment rooms, to the indoor or outdoor whirlpool, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room and then to the hair salon for a blow dry afterwards!
A holistic facialist drawing on ten years of experience, she combines organic-skincare, face-reflexology, and bespoke massage techniques with an in-depth knowledge of natural therapies. After your facial treatment you can expect your skin to look and feel truly rejuvenated and to leave with overall mind and body restoration.
In five delightful fragrances it not only gave us the variety we craved but filled the gap for a residue free, high-performance dry shampoo. Model, Ruth Crilly, and her dynamic team of beauty insiders really did create an amazing product to refresh and revive our locks anywhere, anytime.
Colin Berry (Personal Trainer)
Dr Nirdosh, 10 Harley Street London W1G 9PF
I was looking for a natural remedy instead of prescriptions so I looked into Dr. Stuart’s Natural Herbal Teas. I started drinking it right before bed and it has now become part of my night-time routine.
So what about those fine lines and wrinkles? I’ve been using the product morning and night for just a week and there is a visible difference already. My skin appears brighter and smoother. The early signs of crow’s feet are now barely noticeable. I’m impressed.
Enhance is a new, portable, pocket-sized water enhancer which can transform a glass of plain old H20 into a delicious fruit flavoured thirst quencher in seconds. You can choose from four delicious, real fruit flavours – Orange and Passion Fruit, Lemon and Lime, Strawberry and Kiwi or Apple and Blackcurrant. With this much choice, you need never been bored with water again.
Not only is my hair considerably longer than it would have been, it generally seems to be more manageable and it looks great too – really shiny and healthy. It’s worth noting that FAST is designed to accelerate hair growth, but is not for hair loss. So if you’ve had a bad haircut recently or just fancy a change of style and want it sooner rather than later then give FAST a try – you’ve got nothing to lose!’
Flint + Flint has been created by experts who are passionate about skin care. It’s a small range with a lot of magic in each bottle, including twenty years industry experience and ample love and care. If you aren’t entirely satisfied you can ask for your money back. But my guess is you will be too busy stroking your face and gazing at your gorgeous lips to need to.
The first physician-strength, dermatologist-developed natural skincare line, it combines state-of-the-art technologies with active plant cells and antioxidant-rich botanicals. If, like me, you are endlessly looking for effective skincare products that can also work with your current skincare regime, these two do. I’m a fan.
GoNutrition® have tons of other innovative products too, as well as first class customer service. Not only that, but everything they make comes with their promise of 100% transparency on the ingredients they use (the only UK supplements brand to do this) which means you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.
Hydrohealing is a unique wellness spa based in Notting Hill. When I arrived I was greeted by candles burning, intoxicating aromas and super nice staff. Really fabulous facial, a great treat and I’ve had lots of comments about how good my skin looks since.
Hydrohealing, 216a Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1NR
If you are looking for somewhere fun, funky or professional ISIS EYES is a great find, there truly is something for everyone and the best part… you really feel looked after with no hard sell. I can’t wait to start building my ‘glasses wardrobe’!
ISIS EYES Opticians, 153C Fulham Rd, London SW3 6SN
He has been using acupuncture to help with my sleeping. I’ve been following his Holistic Detox and binned the gluten from my diet with incredible results. Now I almost feel as though I’m on a gluten free campaign with every restaurant and café I eat at.
Joshi Clinic, 57 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YW
Karma Cola’s original recipe not only uses ingredients that are natural and organic, but as the name suggests what goes around really does come back around. By using Fairtrade ingredients the foundation are giving back to the source of their drinks in more ways than one. I can tell you that it’s delicious, made better by the fact I know I’m not consuming anything artificial.
Love Kumbucha is an unpasteurized soft drink that has been championed by health professionals, celebrities and models. It has been around for over 2,000 years, so clearly trusted in its field and was even once known as the ‘immortal health elixir’ due to its anecdotal health benefits.
The K West Hotel & Spa has received plenty of praise for their treatments. Oh. My. Goodness. AMAZING. The hotel and spa have just introduced a new signature treatment – the ‘K Power’ treatment that is all-encompassing and designed to relax and boost skin simultaneously. It was a wrench to leave, really, and I definitely would love to go back.
K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, W14 0AX
The range is based on a ‘brush anatomy’ to include materials used in high-end professional brushes. The cutting edge technology makes them durable, comfortable to use, and delivers confidence in every stroke – as someone who doesn’t know a lot about make-up application, I loved how easy it was to achieve great results.
Leticia Haute Coiffure, 61 Chiltern St, London, Greater London W1U 6NG
Linda has been in the beauty business for over forty years so really knows everything there is to know about skincare and beauty. There is a barely a celebrity over the last four decades nationally and internationally who she hasn’t treated from her exclusive treatment rooms.
Linda Meredith Ltd., 36 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1NU
Lizi’s Granola is great, full of flavour, perfectly crunchy and really tasty. It was already a healthy and tasty cereal but now they’ve launched a low sugar version too – even better. Yay! I was very pleased to learn that less sugar granola doesn’t mean less flavour granola.
I found it a really refreshing fruity alternative to a wine or prosecco which I would normally choose if meeting friends in a bar. I didn’t get silly (like I did with cider in the past!) and I like knowing that it has 30% less calories than a regular cider so something I would choose in future.
Every Mel Millis product is alcohol-free, made in the UK and cruelty-free and harnesses a diverse handpicked line-up of the purest, freshest, nutrient-rich ingredients to deliver visible results.The packaging is absolutely unique, taking the sustainable concept right back into the garden. Mel Millis’ recyclable mini gift bags have wild flower seeds embedded in the carton paper, which can be sown to produce a mini-crop of colourful flowers for the garden or window box.
It’s seriously good stuff. Not a huge outlay either, the bottles are 10ml the same as a regular varnish so you know how long they last (in my case years in a drawer until I finally throw them out). There is a great variety of nail treatments in the range, a solution for every nail issue. I can’t afford a weekly manicure sadly but having found Nail HQ I don’t feel I need one as my nails look great again.
Nails and Brows is fabulous little gem of a salon in the heart of Mayfair on Berkeley Street. An ideal location for all those office PA’s and EA’s nearby who need a lunchtime manicure or file and polish and also for the guests staying at the nearby hotels who don’t have time (or can’t get an appointment) for the hotel spa.
Nails & Brows 31 Berkeley St., Mayfair, London, W1J8EJ
I tried quite a few of them and they were really very good. Tasty, fresh and just like real pastry. It’s worth noting that Coeliac UK has certified the brand as gluten-free, which means they’ve really done their homework and worked hard to make sure they’re providing delicious gluten-free treats that we can all enjoy. It took them over a year to develop the special pastry formula (and well worth the wait).
A huge polystyrene box filled with fresh and frozen foods to get me back on track for the next two days. I was sampling the ‘Health and Vitality’ programme that gives around 1500 calories each day. Extremely good pricing for such great food and so much of it; soups, salads, main meals and snacks. I wasn’t hungry at all, everything was super tasty and it was oh so easy, I’d definitely try it again.
Pearly’s Teeth Whitening, 7 Chigwell Rd, London E18 1LR
Treats are wheat and gluten free, plus made with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives you can be naughty without too much of a weight on your conscience. And if you do like them, Perk!er also have a range of breakfast cereals, porridge pots and bread, YUM!
After a telephone consultation 3 freshly cooked meals plus 2 snacks are delivered in a fancy coolbag to your doorstep before 6am – A-MAZING. A chef has cooked your food in the night, you heat your dinner in the evening and the rest are cold plates, so easy, super nutritious and as exciting as santa arriving to a 6 year old each morning who would race me to the door!
I went three days without solids and only drank green juices which contained a plethora of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes.I gave my digestion system a much appreciated break and by the end of the fast, I felt fresh, light, and airy. I almost floated away. Almost.
Purifyne Juice Cleanse, 28 Old Brompton Road, Number 318. South Kensington, London SW7 3SS.
When I find somewhere I love like Renata Jon, I like to stay loyal. Very unassuming from the exterior, yet very chic and homely on the interior. It does feel like somewhere to come and relax, it doesn’t have a sterile salon feel at all.
Renata Jon, 69 Heath St., Hampstead, London, NW3 6UG
The basis behind it is that whether you experiment with a new colour or hair extensions, go for a Brazilian Blow Dry or just pop in for a trim, they will not just create a new you, but do their utmost to ensure you leave the salon looking and feeling absolutely gorgeous. I’d definitely recommend them.
Rush Hair, Unit 47, 55 Baker St, London W1U 8EW
The compact is perfect for everyday use, so easy to pop into your handbag and generous enough to be also ideal for weekends away and holidays when you’re trying (!) to minimize packing.
I found the Silk Oil of Morocco Fibre Brow Enhancer very easy to use (if you are used to using an eyebrow pencil then follow that method), i liked the look and that it lasted all day. The product comes in a range of shades from extra light to dark so no problem in finding your perfect colour match either.
The great thing about the Abs belt is being able to use it without disrupting your day – I even used it on the school run! It feels powerful but still comfortable and is a great way to add in some extra exercise. Do I recommend Slendertone as a simple way to add a bit more fitness into your life? Ab-solutely! (sorry I couldn’t resist)
Spa & Massage, 125 Earls Court Rd, Earls Court, London, SW5 9RH
If you’re a tan-in-a-bottle kinda girl (the healthiest kind) then guess what? I’ve found a great fake tan that, uniquely, has a 100% natural and organic formula. It’s a win win. It’s a great colour, made from 99.6% natural ingredients, no perfume or fragrance, Aloe Vera based.
Before I lose you, this has nothing to do with driving a big double decker – this is a metaphorical vessel on your life journey. And in order for your bus to run smoothly it needs fuel, but forget the petrol and diesel – its positive energy that fuels the energy bus.
The English Mineral Make Up Company is a UK Brand with integrity, just launched in May 2015. Is effective, versatile and can be used for all ages. The products are vegan and contain only 100% mineral ingredients with no additives.
The benefits of mindfulness are becoming more and more apparent in today’s hectic lifestyle and this book will be your go-to guide on your journey to becoming more present and enjoying life moment to moment.
Not only can you customize the colour and glow by choosing between four different options and bronzers, but you can select the additives and the aromas so you come out of the booth feeling gorgeous, smelling delicious, and ready to say ‘Hey everyone, sexy has arrived!’
The Tanning Shop, 40 Mortimer St, London, Greater London W1W 7RQ
An easy home-tanning with added beauty benefits. You have to have quite a bit of faith to trust yourself with tanning at home, but going to the salon is costly and something I don’t always have the time for. So I was thrilled when I discovered Urban Tan’s luxurious ‘tan at home’ range and couldn’t wait to test their claim of bringing the ‘salon look to your home’.
If you’re after a Simon Cowell dazzle, then an ‘off the shelf’ home whitening kit probably won’t cut it. I’m more into the ‘girl next door’ natural smile, so White Glo Diamond’spromise of restoring my teeth to their brilliant original white condition sounded promising.
Whether you suffer from one or all of the above, there is a brand new range of skincare, designed specifically for those with oily or blemish-prone skin or who suffer from acne and the resulting scarring. It’s also completely natural and organic.